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Topic # 143988 4-May-2014 10:58
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Hi guys,

I'm looking at buying this:

http://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Listing.aspx?id=722293939

I'm only needing it for watch HD video and general use.

Is the processor any good?

- AMD FX-4100 Black Edition Bulldozer 3.6GHz (3.8Ghz Turbo) X4 12MB Cache Socket AM3+ Quad-Core Desktop Processor

Would it be much difference asking for an i5 processor?

Is the price in general good?

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  Reply # 1036359 4-May-2014 11:20
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It looks like a perfectly acceptable system at a reasonable price.  The seller seems to have a very good reputation, and on face value the after-sales support looks to be above average.

The CPU was first released in 2011 so it is aging a bit now, but that is factored into the price.

Consider asking for an extra 4Gb of RAM, (mainly for future-proofing, and this can be added later).

For general use, storage performance is as important or arguably more important than processor performance.  Consider asking about a Solid State Drive (approximately $1 per gigabyte).  You could have a 120Gb SSD as your C: drive for programs, and put your data files onto the 500Gb D: drive.  (Having different drive letters to content with brasses off my Mrs, but if you put shortcuts in the right places the grumbling noticeably reduces.)  Again this can be added later, but it would involve re-installing Windows.  Ask about an upgrade to a 1Tb drive - this should be very little more.

Good luck.




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  Reply # 1036383 4-May-2014 12:11
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This computer will be more than sufficient if you want it for movie watching and general computer use. I agree about the comments to get an SSD. One of the best investments you can make in a computer i reckon. With RAM, 4GB is usually sufficient for almost all everyday activities. And you can always add on RAM yourself in the future so I wouldnt fuss too much on this. 

Hmm, if anything, I would say you can pick up a used system on trademe for cheaper that will do everything you need it to do.

 
 
 
 




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  Reply # 1036393 4-May-2014 12:42
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Thanks guys, that is all really helpful advice.

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